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On the security side, we get regular security patch updates and system hardening. There are free tools available to harden the system.
Power runs our resilient data systems, our high-end databases, stuff that can't go down.
From a reliability standpoint it has provided us with excellent performance.
The virtualization and the quality you get from it is one reason we like the solution.
It scales a lot, you can just keep on adding frames, you can add on CPUs, you get capacity on demand, you can tune the machine very easily to handle different workloads.
The SMT that they've improved has really helped open up boundaries for other applications that can use it.
From a software developer standpoint, virtualization is really the key, as we can more easily spin up a new partition, virtual instance of IBM i.
It uses well known architecture and it's easy to develop for.
One of the features that we would like, and I think they are also adapting to the latest trends in the market, is to make it more open, more flexible... With VMware, anybody can create a virtual machine without any knowledge of the server side. But with AIX it's a bit difficult.
I think IBM needs a little more work on managing the overall environment with eliminating Systems Director.
I would like to see firmware available to all of the systems.
The lack of software vendors moving onto the platform, as opposed to fleeing the platform, is an issue.
If you take advantage of some of these real advanced features, for oversubscribing as an example, it's not supported on Linux on Power. So that stops us, in particular, from going that way.
I know lab services does a lot of work but systems, if they could include some kind of lab services and bundling of services to get you to the greatest and latest feature at the already included cost
Better manage heterogeneous footprints of all the different operating systems that are out there across one common interface.
Everyone likes speed. Not that speed has been an issue up until now but you can never be too fast.
We have to scale it ourselves but it scales. It depends on the software because it's mostly the hardware platform that Intel is managing.
Pricing and Cost Advice
It is designed for a large workload, as opposed to a small workload. For our circumstances, and even as an independent, I can't buy a Power system to experiment on. It can't happen. You cannot buy them.
The cost model is great. There is so much built in to the technology, that if you know how to use it you can save yourself a lot of money.
Why should I be charged for that use rather than a single CPU, a single socket?
The price is competitive.
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|Also Known As||IBM OpenPOWER LC|
|Overview||IBM Power Systems are built to crush the most advanced data applications - from the mission-critical workloads you run today to the next generation of AI.|
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